Pets charity feels brunt of pandemic

Black cat

Care will continue - Credit: Submitted

Jobs are at risk at the Blue Cross charity which runs pet rehoming centres in Devon, including just  outside Torquay.
The national charity says 110 staff are in consultation about possible redundancies after the coronavirus pandemic hit finances.
The local base opened in 1988 and has a cattery with 50 places at Maidencombe.
The Blue Cross also runs local rehoming services in Devon with volunteers and provides vet clinics.
The charity says it has to find £1million of savings in 2021. It said in a statement: “It is with deep regret that Blue Cross confirms that the charity has entered into consultation with 110 employees whose jobs have been placed at risk of redundancy.
“The incredibly difficult decision has come following a challenging period in which Blue Cross has explored several options to ensure financial sustainability for the charity and its work going forward. 
“We are extremely thankful to our dedicated teams for the services they have delivered over the last 12 months, in which the charity helped 4,831 animals through our rehoming and behaviour services, treated over 32,000 pets through our veterinary work and reached nearly 10 million people through our outreach and advice. 
“Our colleagues have done this in difficult circumstances and in what has been a year like no other.
 “But, like so many other charities, we are not immune to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a significant impact on our financial position.
“The reality is we need to make £1 million worth of savings in 2021. We also need the right structure in place to ensure we are best placed to fulfil our three-year strategy to help more pets and people who need our help across the UK. 
“Each of our colleagues will be fully supported by our elected employee representatives, by their managers and our Executive Team.
“We must reiterate that as part of the consultation period, we will ensure all alternatives to individual redundancies are explored.
“We also wish to reassure supporters and colleagues the charity and its staff and volunteers will still be carrying out all of our vital services and support for pet owners."